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New Policing Structure
- The "go live" date for the new Specialist Neighbourhood Teams is 1st April
- The role of Police Community Support Officers is to support the policing of communities by providing high visibility foot patrol and dealing with low-level crime and disorder. They are intended to complement existing policing and to fill the gap created by the ever increasing investigative roles of police constables.
- In Sussex and particularly in Brighton, PCSOs will be working in small teams together with police officers to provide a variety of policing responses to community problems.
- The majority of situations to which police officers are called are resolved without recourse to the range of powers available to police officers, therefore PCSOs are deployed to resolve community problems in the first instance. When it becomes clear that a problem requires the use of police powers then the whole team will work together to affect a solution.
- PSCOs work together with PCs on five different teams. Regency Team is the largest, covering all the CMPCA area and extending south of Western Road to the seafront, and the area from the Peace Statue to the Brighton Pier. The area also extends east and is bordered by The Old Steine and North Street.
- Hierarchy: Inspector Neville Kemp – all are answerable to him.
Sergeant Laurence Cartwright
Three Police Officers: William Thomas, Daniel Jewell, Chris Thompson
Six PCSOs: Rebecca Scoons, Sarah Lovett, Sharon Birt, James Benthall, Karen Orford, Clare Doughty.
- PCs have to deal with more paperwork than PCSOs, but the majority of their time is spent on operational policing.
- The police are keen to develop strong relationships are developed with the CMPCA and other community associations in order to provide community-focussed policing.
- Every weekday morning between 0830 and 0930 a police officer or PCSO from the Regency Team will be standing at the clock tower to provide a highly visible point of contact for residents and visitors to the area.
- Friday and Saturday nights are peak times for policing demand, much of it in response to alcohol related disorder around West Street. However these evenings aren't the peak time for, say, burglaries. For that reason, the Specialist Neighbourhood Teams work a flexible shift pattern that can meet different demands from 999 calls.
- One of the aims of the Specialist Neighbourhood Policing project is for all residents to know one of the officers responsible for policing their area, and know how to contact them - by mobile phone/ email/ voicemail. Police would like to know residents' preferred option. This would not replace the existing emergency and non-emergency numbers because the individual officer you are contacting may not be on duty at the time of the call.
- When to dial 999: in general, the number should be used in emergencies only: If there is immediate danger to life or limb, if a crime is in progress, or if a situation is so serious that it requires an immediate police response. Dialling 999 should not be taken lightly. Barring misuse, such a call is likely to generate the immediate diversion of a police vehicle from whatever commitment they currently have. They will be travelling quickly through traffic on blue lights and sirens, with all the associated risks that entails.